2 genes offer new target for Alzheimer’s protection

Researchers have discovered two genes that influence risk for early- and late-onset Alzheimer's disease, which could lead to new ways to fight the disease.

Jim Dryden-WUSTL | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine alzheimers-disease brains genes immune-systems

How the glowing bacteria in squid fight it out

Hawaiian bobtail squid owe their luminescence to bacteria they acquire from the environment. Genetic analysis clarifies how this symbiosis works.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria genes genomes squid symbiosis

CRISPR can now edit multiple genes at once

With a new refinement, researchers can use the CRISPR method to edit multiple genes at once, rather than just a few at a time.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine genes genetic-engineering

Flies suggest different link between heart condition and seizures

Gene mutations in people with long QT syndrome may trigger seizures because of their effect on brain neurons—independent of what they do to heart function.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Aug. 12, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine arrhythmia brains genes hearts neurons seizures

‘Blueprint’ offers cell-by-cell peek at the liver

A new high-resolution picture of cells at work inside the liver may help scientists uncover therapeutic targets to treat disease.

Emily Kagey-U. Michigan | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine cells genes liver-disease livers macrophage-cells

Red algae’s stolen genes may lead to new fuels

Genes that red algae stole from bacteria to better adapt to hot springs could pave the way for designer algae that make fuel or clean up pollution.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology algae bacteria genes hot-springs water

Genes show why some flies learn faster than others

Some flies learn faster than others but a new look at their genes may explain the difference.

Eric Stann-Missouri | Aug. 7, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology flies genes learning

Largest epilepsy study ever finds high-risk genes

A huge new epilepsy study reveals genes that may put people at higher risk and genetic links between the condition's severe and less-severe forms.

U. Melbourne | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains epilepsy genes seizures

Cryptic variation in DNA can drive huge evolutionary leaps

Cryptic DNA variation becomes available in an emergency to fuel rapid evolutionary change critical to survival, research finds.

U. Zurich | July 30, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna evolution genes

Humans share limb regeneration genes with gar fish

Learning about how the toothy gar fish regenerates its fins and the genes that drive regrowth could shed light on whether the same is possible in people.

Layne Cameron-Michigan State | July 29, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine fish genes regeneration

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